Elizabeth Hill (screenwriter)

Elizabeth "Betty" Hill (February 27, 1901 – August 21, 1978) was an American screenwriter and the third wife of King Vidor.

Elizabeth Hill
BornFebruary 27, 1901
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
DiedAugust 21, 1978 (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, USA
OccupationScreenwriter
Spouse(s)King Vidor

Biography

Origins

Hill was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. When she was 20, she married her first husband. She moved to Hollywood and gained work as a studio stenographer, and eventually made her way to a script-girl role.

Career

Hill and Vidor fell in love on the set of Bird of Paradise in 1932; at the time, Hill was divorced, but Vidor was married to actress Eleanor Boardman.[1][2][3] Boardman secured a divorce in 1933.[4]

In 1933, there were rumours circulating around Hollywood that Hill had disappeared, but columnist Louella Parsons investigated and found that Hill was still working as a script girl alongside Vidor.[5] Vidor and Hill's ongoing relationship was the subject of many gossip items until the two got married in Mexico in 1937.[6][7]

Hill and Vidor collaborated on several projects over the course of their relationship, including H.M. Pulham, Esq.[8][9] According to a 1934 L.A. Times piece, Hill was entrusted with directing several scenes in Vidor's Our Daily Bread.[10][11]

Divorce

In 1951, Hill sued Vidor for divorce on the grounds of adultery, alleging that he was having an affair with actress Mary Anderson.[12][13] The high-profile divorce case was eventually settled for $300,000; Vidor had counter-filed alleging that their marriage in Mexico was illegal.[14]

Filmography

References

  1. KANNER, DIANE (1987-11-08). "Director Changed Addresses Often : King Vidor Moved to Top of Hill". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  2. Baxter, John (1976). King Vidor. Monarch Press.
  3. "12 Apr 1933, 15 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  4. "12 Apr 1933, 15 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  5. "14 Apr 1933, Page 32 - The Fresno Bee The Republican at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  6. "17 Dec 1952, Page 16 - The Fresno Bee The Republican at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  7. "18 Dec 1936, 23 - The San Francisco Examiner at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  8. Brown, Phil; Clyde, Dave; Coburn, Charles Douville; Cooper, Bobbie; Erickson, Leif; Granville, Bonita; Heflin, Van; Hill, Elizabeth; Holden, Fay. "King Vidor: An Inventory of His Collection in the Film Collection at the Harry Ransom Center". norman.hrc.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  9. "19 Sep 1936, 86 - Daily News at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  10. "26 Apr 1934, 15 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  11. "14 Jan 1935, 23 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  12. "18 Dec 1952, Page 28 - The Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  13. "17 Dec 1952, Page 16 - The Fresno Bee The Republican at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  14. "4 Jun 1953, Page 3 - The Fresno Bee The Republican at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
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